Popular among locals, the Lost Lake Hike starts from Whistler Village and brings you to a small yet pretty lake. Views of Blackcomb and Whistler Mountains are plentiful, as is the beauty of the lush West Coast rainforest throughout the trail.
To begin, park in one of the public parking lots in the main Whistler Village area. The hike starts from the cross-country ski trails. To get there, walk towards parking lot number 5, and follow the signs towards Lost Lake. You will walk along the shared pedestrian-bike path, so watch out for speedy cyclists!
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The hike to Lost Lake is a great short hike near Whistler. To get to Lost Lake, you must pass PassivHaus (the bike rental shop at the start of the cross-country ski/mountain bike area) and head towards the trailhead to Lost Lake on the right.
You now have two options: either take the secluded nature trail or the main gravel path. The nature trail is narrower and has fewer people, letting you relax and find yourself within the trees. The main Lost Lake pathway is busy, has bikes, and is very wide. We suggest you take the nature trail.
The nature trail goes all the way to Lost Lake, and circumnavigates part of the lake. Once you reach Lost Lake there will be a junction. Turn left and rejoin the nature trail. At the end of the nature trail, return to the main pathway and finish going around Lost Lake. You will reach a small park at the far end of the lake where there are picnic tables for you to take a rest. This is a perfect place to enjoy a swim in the relatively warm waters of Lost Lake.
As you hike you will have views up to Blackcomb and Whistler Mountains, and the Peak to Peak gondola! A truly magnificent sight. Finish going around the lake, hanging a right as you go, then rejoin the nature trail returning to the PassivHaus.
The kids will enjoy a picnic and a swim at the easterly beach of Lost Lake, and the relative seclusion is welcome.
If you want to explore more from the Whistler Village, take the gondola up and try the High Notes Trail or the Blackcomb Meadows trail. Both are rated as moderate hikes, however the ride on the gondola and chairlift is worth it by itself!
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